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    REV. GEORGE P. STEINLAGE, rector of St. Boniface Catholic Church, of Piqua, Ohio, was born in Osnabruck, Germany, in 1840. His literary education was acquired in the schools and colleges of his native laud, including the College of Meppin, in Hanover, where he was graduated in 1859. He came to America in the folloiving year, sailing from Hamburg to New York. On his arrival here he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, entering St. Mary's Seminary, where in 1863 he completed the course in philosophy and theology. He was ordained in the same year by Archbishop John B. Purcell, and received his first assignment, which was as assistant to the Very Rev. Joseph Ferneding, of St. Paul's Church, Cincinnati. He was subsequently transferred to St. Philomena's Church, in that city, for two years being assistant to Father Tobbe. He was then appointed pastor of St. Joseph's Church at Hamilton, Ohio, and during the seven years which he spent there, labored with zeal and efficiency, building a church and schoolhouse. He was next assigned to a charge at Taylor's Creek, where he remained for over five years, going thence to Ohio, for a two years pastorate. On February 14, 1881, Father Steinlage came to Piqua as rector of St. Boniface Church. Since coming here, besides carrying on the ordinary work of the parish, he has made some important improvements, remodeling the church and parsonage, the former of which was built in 1865 at a cost of thirty thousand dollars, the latter being erected in 1879. He also paid off the indebtedness of thirteen thousand dollars which he found against the church property on his arrival here. This property includes a good school of four large rooms, which is under the care of eight Sisters of Christian Charity, and is attended by 200 pupils. Both the school building and the residence of the Sisters were built by Father Steinlage. The parish now numbers three hundred families residing in the city and surrounding country, to which Father Steinlage is both a spiritual guide and a friend and counselor in the various troubles and perplexities of life. His field of labor is wide and arduous, but he conscientiously performs his duties content to deserve as his final reward the words of his Divine Master, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."

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